- The attractive gardens of Queens Park in Invercargill
- A walk on the Rakiura Track, Stewart Island
- Chew Tobacco Bay or Big and Little Hellfire beaches, Stewart Island
- Kiwi spotting in the wild!
Southland is the region right at the very bottom of the South Island. Home to the world famous Bluff Oysters and the gateway to Stewart Island, it’s a region that’s wild, rugged and full of surprises.
Southlands main centre is Invercargill with a fabulous park and gardens and beautiful tree lined walkways. The recent inner city upgrade has transformed the centre into a vibrant heart of the city, and with lots of heritage buildings in the city too, it’s not short on character.
Head 30 km south from Invercargill to the small fishing port of Bluff to sample the seafood that it has become famous f or over the years. Bluff is home to the iconic Bluff Oyster and as the southernmost point of southland, it’s also the gateway to Stewart Island. There are lots of short, scenic walks here to enjoy – we recommend climbing Bluff Hill for unmatched views over Stewart Island and the rest of Southland.
Another 30km off the south of the South Island you’ll find Stewart Island – it really is at the end of the world! Over 85% of the island is National Park, and with a multitude of short walks, day walks and longer multi day hikes, there’s plenty of exploring to do there.
Although small in numbers, the residents of Stewart Island are incredibly welcoming and proud of their island, and they enjoy sharing their knowledge and passion with visitors. Most live in Halfmoon Bay (also known as Oban) which is the only settlement of any size on the island.
Home to the Brown Kiwi (they outnumber humans on the Island) which can often be spotted day and night, and Blue and Yellow Eyed penguins that reside on the many beaches.
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Raylene Waddell, Owner of Glendauruel Bed and Breakfast On Stewart Island, recommends getting out on to the water to
“Kayaking is a delightful way to experience the beauty of Stewart Island – its pristine waters, deserted beaches, native birds and forest. Little blue penguins, cormorants, maybe even seals or dolphins will cross your path.”